Amazon Price Protection

So, you just bought that new gadget, but you want to make sure you got the best price. Well if you by from Amazon.com, I might have a solution for you.

Having recently spent a tidy sum on items from Amazon, I wanted to make sure that I was getting the best price I could. Some credit cards offer up price protection polices that guarantee that you’ll get the lowest price if you find one within 30 days of purchase. Well, Amazon.com is no different. OK, they are a little different in that they don’t advertise that they price match… on their own site. Wha? How’s this work? Follow along…

  1. Buy your item on Amazon.com.
  2. Use a service like Price Protectr to track the price of your item.
  3. When you’re notified of a price change, head to Amazon.com’s refund page. Be sure to click the “By e-mail” link on the right. And file a request for a refund.
  4. Sit and wait for the refund to be credited back to your method of purchase (Ex: credit card)

Note: Marketplace, affiliates of Amazon.com, or any other non-Amazon.com seller will not support price protection. So, try it at your own risk.
Note #2: You can’t price match, say, Best Buy against Amazon.com. Only Amazon to Amazon.

This is really simple to do and it works too. In your refund e-mail state that the price has dropped and that you would like a refund for the difference. I think my mail was a sentence or two; not long. After I sent in my request I heard back in about a day and was credited shortly there after. The best part about this is that you can keep doing this to the same item over and over if the price keeps dropping. Just stay on top of it and make sure you are getting the best price you can within your 30 days of purchase.

Neat, huh?

6 thoughts on “Amazon Price Protection”

  1. I’ve been doing this for a year now… I’m a huge amazon addict. ;)

    Unfortunately, recently they’ve tweaked the form that you fill out to only include items bought less than ~30 days or so. I even had an order that was 26 days old and it wouldn’t let me select it for a refund.

    Previously, you could go back a few months and apply for a credit, most of the time they gave it to you. I mean, it’s usually a dollar or two so it’s not like I’m being that customer… (the pain in the ass type).

    Oh well, I got my use out of it for a while. (Unlike costco’s return policy) =/

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